Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 15th Oct 2013 17:18 UTC
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AnandTech has reviewed the new Chromebook 11 from HP/Google.

Chrome OS is extremely purpose built and it is something that should bring about great concern to those at Microsoft. I personally don't have a problem with Windows 8, but purpose built is hardly a phrase that applies to the OS - at least if you're talking about it on a more traditional PC. I suspect by the time we get to Windows 9, Microsoft will have a better answer to the critics of 8/8.1, but that gives Google and its Chrome OS partners at least another year of marketshare erosion. At the beginning of this mobile journey I remember x86 being an advantage for Intel, and we all know what happened to that. Similarly, I remember Windows/Office being advantages for Microsoft. If Microsoft doesn't find a quick solution for making low cost Windows PCs just as well executed as Chrome OS devices, it'll find itself in a world where Windows no longer matters to entry-level/mainstream users.

Apple's taken over the high-end, Google is taking over the low-end, and in mobile, the company barely registers.

Microsoft's next CEO faces a herculean task.

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RE[5]: Comment by Stephen!
by ricegf on Wed 16th Oct 2013 11:24 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by Stephen!"
ricegf
Member since:
2007-04-25

Your personal experience in a single building says little about the market (not to question your personal experience, of course).

In contrast, Acer's president, Jim Wang, recently said, "We are trying to grow our non-Windows business as soon as possible. Android is very popular in smartphones and dominant in tablets. I also see a new market there for Chromebooks."

It's just a different opinion, of course, but given his title I tend to give his more weight.

A third take: I see Apple notebooks and Chromebooks quite often now, and support over a thousand Linux workstations (which replaced Windows XP PCs last year) as part of my day job at a Fortune 50 company.

So I don't buy "Notebooks and Desktops belong to Microsoft easily for the next ten years" as necessarily true. If they can reinvent Windows to make sense in the modern heterogeneous world, they might hang on to the desktop for a while longer. But if they continue to alienate their business customers as they did with Windows 8 (and I have yet to talk to any colleague who wants to take their company there any time soon), they'll be the next Nokia.

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RE[6]: Comment by Stephen!
by lucas_maximus on Wed 16th Oct 2013 12:53 in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by Stephen!"
lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

We will see, because I've heard predictions of the death of Microsoft and "we have migrated X many XP machines" comments for the last 10 years on sites such as these.

Personally I don't care one way or another any-more. My skillset isn't tied to .NET (though that is where I have the most experience).

But I've worked both overseas now and in the UK and I haven't even heard any rumblings about moving away from Windows workstations.

The problems with Windows 8, is that Windows 7 was another XP like release. We will hear the same news items we are hearing now about migrating away from Windows 7.

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RE[7]: Comment by Stephen!
by ricegf on Wed 16th Oct 2013 17:01 in reply to "RE[6]: Comment by Stephen!"
ricegf Member since:
2007-04-25

Sure, we'll see. But be sure to read what I actually wrote rather than what you perhaps expected to see.

In particular, I did NOT "predict the death of Microsoft"; I pointed that your personal lack of experience seeing non-Windows systems is irrelevant, and that Microsoft's current Windows strategy has been poorly received by large corporations.

Whether they see a market share decline over the next few years among business users depends on their ability to deliver products that add value. Their recent slate of offerings hasn't exactly been received with enthusiasm by the corporate world.

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